May 23, 2011

Why Isn't Lee Booth in Jail Yet? A Theory

One constant theme in the saga of Lee Franklin Booth has been that the BATF is corrupt or incompetent for the way they are handling various allegations against Booth. For the beginning in October up until last week, I learned far more about this ex-con, his business contacts, his allies and enemies than I ever wanted to know about any one person, all to answer the question gnawing at me, "Why isn't he in jail?"

There seems to be roughly a half-dozen federal laws he's broken, and at least as many state laws. He has obvious patterns of behavior, and law enforcement on several levels were/are interested in him. He was ever allegedly found to be in the possession of firearms by the BATF several years ago, but they let him go.

How is it that he keeps getting away with everything, time and again?

From the very beginning I suspected his close friendship with an IRS CID agent was his ace-in-the-hole, and that the agent was running interference for Booth with the BATF in Greensboro (that agent broke the law on his own merely consorting with a convicted felon). But Booth's profile was raised very high by my investigative work, and Washington, DC itself called down the regional office in Charlotte to resolve the issue, which they did (as I recall) in less than a day. In retrospect, the fix was obviously in.

Law enforcement officers who have launched investigations into Booth have had their investigations blocked by the BATF. Even the BATF won't touch him. Since we know the BATF is investigating him on one hand (while blocking the investigation on the other), it suggests that he is getting federal protection somewhere upstream of the BATF.

To the best of my knowledge, only a handful of government agencies would have the kind of clout to stop the various law enforcement agencies interested in Mr. Booth, and they are Cabinet level. Considering the fields that Mr. Booth seems to be most interested in (arms and aircraft), the Department of Justice and/or the Department of Defense are the only agencies that might be helping him, and it is logical to assume they would only help him, if he was helping them.

Something is going on here, and I think this story is getting more interesting, every step of the way and I wouldn't be the least surprised if this is a case of history repeating.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 23, 2011 02:18 PM

Heh. And you wonder why you have a "Biggest Fan"? Be carefull out there.

Posted by: Jim at May 24, 2011 06:03 AM

I agree with Jim, be careful. Any chance Booth is running guns for the DOD or DOJ? Could he be an informant or operative for the BATF or DOD?

Tarheel Repub Out!

Posted by: Tarheel Repub at May 24, 2011 07:47 AM

I'm with Tarheel, the guys who do illegal things over and over and never get caught are always the snitches.

Posted by: Phelps at May 24, 2011 12:08 PM